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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Christmas Comes Early

The Mayoral Scrooge in Detroit and his band of Elfian Councillors thought they could destroy the Michigan Central Depot building easily. Bah Humbug.

Now a lawsuit has been started to prevent the historical building from being torn down.
  • "Suit seeks to halt demolition of Michigan Central Depot

    Detroit --Two-time mayoral candidate Stanley Christmas sued the city this week, seeking to halt the demolition of the Michigan Central Depot.

    Christmas and the Eclipse Foundation sued the city in Wayne County Circuit Court on Monday, claiming that razing the building would violate the National Historic Preservation Act. The suit seeks an injunction from Judge Robert Colombo.

    "Detroit City Council is discriminating against the Michigan Central Depot, in public service for political expediency, and Defendant Detroit City Council has failed in its impartial obligation to make a survey of the historical site, buildings and objects for the purpose of determining which possesses exceptional value as commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States," reads the suit, authored by Christmas...

    The council last week passed an emergency resolution calling to raze the grand, dilapidated depot and bill owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun. The Beaux Arts style building opened in 1913, but has remained vacant since 1988. The next step comes April 28, when city attorneys are expected to outline the process to the council.

    Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. also plans to demolish the building, but has proposed using federal stimulus money to cover the estimated $3.6 million cost."

Deer oh deer! I wonder if there may a jolly old Clause in the Act that may prevent what Detroit is doing or at least slow it down.

Oh Dasher....that could be the start of a legal war, a Blitzen attack! Where Detroit Government was Prancer-ing around before, they had better Dancer carefully now. The City may have to act like a Vixen and send out fawning Cupid signals to the Bridge Company soon. If Detroit lost, they may have to Co-met a whole bunch of bucks to pay for legal costs.

Perhaps a better idea might have been to talk to the Bridge Company first to see if the Company and others could have been convinced to Donner-ate some money to help rebuild the site so that it became a symbol of Detroit's rebirth. Instead of Government infrastructure dollars to demolish, why not use the doe to rejuvenate!

This could cost Mayor Cockrel deerly in his re-election fight. He should have learned from Rudy Giuliani, the former New York Mayor who knew from all of the books in his collection a lot about Mayoral tenure because of term limits in NYC. Here is the reason why: